David B. Haight

David Bruce Haight (September 2, 1906 – July 31, 2004) was an American religious leader and an elected official. Haight was the oldest member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). He also served as mayor of Palo Alto, California from 1959 to 1963.

David B. Haight
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Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
January 8, 1976 (1976-01-08) – July 31, 2004 (2004-07-31)
LDS Church Apostle
January 8, 1976 (1976-01-08) – July 31, 2004 (2004-07-31)
ReasonDeath of Hugh B. Brown
at end of term
Dieter F. Uchtdorf and David A. Bednar were ordained following the deaths of Haight and Neal A. Maxwell
Assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
April 6, 1970 (1970-04-06) – January 8, 1976 (1976-01-08)
End reasonCalled to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
Personal details
BornDavid Bruce Haight
(1906-09-02)September 2, 1906
Oakley, Idaho, United States
DiedJuly 31, 2004(2004-07-31) (aged 97)
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Resting placeWasatch Lawn Memorial Park
40°41′52.08″N 111°50′30.12″W / 40.6978000°N 111.8417000°W / 40.6978000; -111.8417000 (Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park)
Spouse(s)Ruby M. Olson
ParentsHector C. Haight
Clara J. Tuttle
Signature of David B. Haight

Haight was born in Oakley, Idaho, on September 2, 1906, the son of Hector Caleb Haight and Clara Josephine Tuttle.[1] Hector was the son of Horton D. Haight, who had been involved in many trips in the Mormon trek and served as the first president of the LDS Church stake that included Oakley. David's maternal grandfather, Norton Ray Tuttle, was the first bishop of Tooele, Utah.[2]

Haight received a degree from Utah State University and he served as a commander in the Navy during World War II.[3]

Haight served as mayor of Palo Alto, California from 1959 to 1963, and was the owner of the Palo Alto Hardware store.[4]

LDS Church serviceEdit

When he was called as president of the LDS Church’s mission in Scotland he resigned as mayor of Palo Alto, over the objections of the city council. In addition to his service as mission president, he served in the church as president of the Palo Alto Stake and a regional representative. He was called as a general authority, as an Assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, in April 1970. He also served as a special assistant to the president of Brigham Young University.

The vacancy in the church's Quorum of the Twelve, from the death of Hugh B. Brown in December 1975, was filled by Haight. He was ordained an apostle on January 8, 1976.

Haight died the morning of July 31, 2004, of causes incident to age, having attended the funeral of his Quorum of the Twelve colleague, Neal A. Maxwell, four days earlier. Dieter F. Uchtdorf and David A. Bednar were called to fill the vacancies created by the deaths of Maxwell and Haight. Haight's funeral service was held in the Salt Lake Tabernacle and he was interred at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Holladay, Utah.

Personal lifeEdit

Haight was married to Ruby M. Olson (1910–2004).[5] He was the father-in-law of businessman and philanthropist Jon Huntsman Sr., through Haight's daughter, Karen, and grandfather of the former governor of Utah and former U.S. Ambassador to China and Russia, Jon Huntsman Jr.


  1. ^ Garr, Arnold K.; Cannon, Donald Q.; Cowan, Richard O., eds. (2000), Encyclopedia of Latter-Day Saint History, Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Book, p. 455, ISBN 1-57345-822-8, OCLC 44634356
  2. ^ Warner, C. Terry (October 1976), "Elder David B. Haight", Ensign: 5
  3. ^ "David B. Haight Mormon Elder", The Washington Post, August 2004. Retrieved on 17 March 2020.
  4. ^ "Time line of Elder David B. Haight's life", Deseret News, August 1, 2004.
  5. ^ "Obituary: Ruby Olson Haight", Deseret News, 2004-12-04

External linksEdit

  Media related to David B. Haight at Wikimedia Commons

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints titles
Preceded by
L. Tom Perry
Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
January 8, 1976 – July 31, 2004
Succeeded by
James E. Faust